Akamai Technologies (AKAM) to Acquire Janrain Inc.

Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM), the intelligent edge platform for securing and delivering digital experiences, today announces the company has entered into an agreement to acquire Janrain, the company that pioneered the customer identity access management (CIAM) category. Janrain enables enterprises to enhance digital trust by offloading login and registration workloads, and its integration with Akamai's Intelligent Edge Platform is expected to provide world class security, regulatory compliance and massive scale to online engagements.

As enterprises continue to adopt cloud technologies and digitize their businesses, web security and identity awareness have become increasingly integral to keeping businesses safe and secure and establishing digital trust. Akamai already secures its customers' websites, apps and APIs from DDoS attacks, application vulnerabilities, bots and other advanced threats, with hundreds of millions of login transactions taking place daily on the Akamai Intelligent Edge Platform. 

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Payroll Quietly Easing Into Trend of Quick-Pay Programs

Fast-pay options are a growing trend in payroll as employers promote the service as a way to reduce turnover and boost morale while offering a benefit to employees that enables access to earned wages in a day, if not within minutes. 

The technological phenomenon that is expedited pay appears to be quietly gaining popularity, although the mechanisms employed are suited to a variety of industries and require different levels of payroll involvement.

Even large payroll service providers, such as ADP LLC, are participating in this emerging trend. ADP recently announced that its clients would have access to DailyPay, a provider of a mobile application that allows access to wages before the regularly scheduled payday. ADP, a payroll- and human-resources services company, offers DailyPay access through ADP Marketplace, an online source for workplace services and software. ADP Marketplace also offers clients access to workplace services from PayActiv, which allows limited access to earned but unpaid wages before payday.

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WhiteFox Defense lands $12 million as the demand for drone defense technologies intensifies

Four months ago, when two commercial DJI-made drones loaded with 1 kilogram each of plastic explosive  detonated during a speech from Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro at a military event in Caracas, the world at large was introduced to the newest threat from our automated, dystopian present — cheap weaponized drone technology.

For Luke Fox, the founder and chief executive of WhiteFox Defense Technologies, it was simply the latest in a string of events proving the need for the kinds of services his company is developing. Something he calls “a highway patrol for the sky.”

From drug smuggling to reconnaissance and information gathering to terror attacks, unmanned aerial drones are no longer the provenance of state military and police actors, and are increasingly being used by criminal organizations to open new, aerial fronts in their operations.

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ADTRAN Acquires SmartRG—Leading Provider of Connected Home Software Platforms & Cloud Services

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Robust portfolio and specialized industry expertise to capitalize on growing global markets and trends

ADTRAN, Inc., (ADTN), the leading provider of next-generation open networking solutions, announced its acquisition today of SmartRG Inc—a pacesetter and accomplished innovator of carrier-class, open-source connected home platforms and cloud services for broadband service providers.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20181206005431/en/ 

Based in Vancouver, Washington, SmartRG brings long-standing industry leadership and expertise in open-source software development, as well as a comprehensive portfolio of cloud-managementanalyticsWi-Fi-enabled residential gateways and its SmartOS software platform. The company’s executive team and employees will remain in place to ensure a seamless transition and accelerated market share growth, while leveraging ADTRAN’s global reach and resources.

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